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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

SNOW!!! - Mrs. Krantz and Mrs. O'Loughlin

We all got to play out in the snow today!! Although there wasn't much, plenty of fun was had making tracks, forming snow balls and running around trying to catch snowflakes on tongues!

Addy got back from Romania and brought each preschooler a star wand! The children in Romania carol throughout towns carrying a stick with stars at the top. Ask your preschooler what song they sang as we marched around the classroom, holding our stars high!

Have a wonderful, snowy, day!



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Addy Went to Argentina - Mrs. Krantz and Mrs. O'Loughlin

Addy told us about Argentina today! It's very hot there during Christmas time! So no snow! The children in Argentina decorate their trees with cotton balls to look like snow. They also celebrate by setting off fireworks at night! Ask your preschooler what the most important decoration is? And where is it placed?



Monday, November 28, 2016

Preparing for Christmas - Mrs. Krantz

Welcome Advent!  The preschoolers were so excited to see the changes to the classroom and pointed out all of the fun decorations.  They help us prepare our hearts for Christmas during this time of Advent!

Addy, the Advent Angel visited today to tell us about Christmas in China.  Addy flies all over the world to learn about Christmas in different places and shares what she find with the preschoolers!  She will visit us everyday and we will be tracking her visits on the world map in our room!

Paper chain and lanterns were a big part of our centers time as those of ways people in China celebrate Christmas!




Welcome Addy! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Addy the Advent Angel was here this morning! She flew all the way to China and back to tell us about their Christmas celebrations! Boys and girls in China decorate with paper lanterns and paper chains! During centers we had the opportunity to make some of our own and decorate the classroom!!

We sang about God's son and how he was born for us! Oh how we love this joyous time of year!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Snow Information

Snow is in the forecast! Just a reminder...if Pullman School District is delayed or canceled, preschool will be canceled. Any cancellation will be posted on the blog and on this page by 7am. We will not contact you directly.
If the parking lot is not safe, we will have curbside drop off. You will know there is curbside drop off if a staff member is standing at the end of the driveway. If we have curbside drop off, please come in the parking lot from the side closest to the church. Drive to our end of the parking lot and wait until the area in front of the driveway is open. Only one car at a time please! We will unload your preschooler and escort him/her inside.
We play outside in the snow! Please bring hats, mittens, snow pants, boots if it snows! Mrs. Krantz's class, please come in your snow clothes and leave it all on! We'll do our outside time right away!

Advent in Preschool - Coming Up in All Classes!

Welcome to the season of Advent!  We absolutely love teaching during this time of year and this really the only time of year that Mrs. Krantz and Mrs. O'Loughlin cooridnate planning for their classes!  Everyone in preschool will be learning and doing very similar things! Preparing for our Savior’s birth brings so much joy and excitement and we love sharing that with the preschoolers!

Each day we will get a visit from Addy the Advent Angel.  Addy travels all over the world to see how other children prepare and celebrate Christmas.  The preschoolers will hear about Addy’s adventures during opening circle and then have an opportunity to experience that unique celebration with an activity, craft or food at centers time!

 Addy’s traveling schedule will always be found here:

ADDY’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS ROUTE
Monday: China
Tuesday: Argentina
Wednesday: Romania
Thursday: Japan
Friday: Greece

In worship we hear about the angel sharing some very special news with Mary!  God’s son is to be born and for us!  We’ll of course be singing some wonderful known Christmas carols and learning a few new ones.

We love to play outside!  Please be sure to send a warm coat, hats and gloves with your preschooler everyday!  And when that snow starts falling down, send in snow boots and pants!  If it is colder than 25 degrees we do not go outside.

Our last two days of December will be our Happy Birthday Jesus Parties!  We have this celebration over at the church.  If you would like to help plan this celebration, please let us know!  Designating tasks between multiple parents from both upstairs and downstairs works really well!  There is usually someone needed to oversee organization, plan a craft, plan an activity, prepare fun foods, and decorations.  We do have a budget for these parties as well as posting sign ups in the lobby.  If you have any questions or need any clarification, let us know!

Praying you all have a wonderful week!
-Mrs. O’Loughlin and Mrs. Krantz

Mark Your Calendars
12/1: Art with Mrs. Hein
12/2: Art with Mrs. Hein
12/8: Christmas in Australia—Beach Day
12/12: Christmas in Sweden—St. Lucia Festival
12/19: Science, HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS PARTY!
12/20: Science, HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS PARTY!
12/21-1/3: No Preschool—Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pumpkins and Turkeys - Mrs. Krantz

We had such fun with pumpkin play dough and making turkey headbands!  Have a very Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Thanksgiving Feast - Mrs. O'Loughlin

We had a lot of fun with thanksgiving food today! Pumpkin pie was made in the sensory table, numbers were drawn in plates of corn kernels, turkeys were created and plenty of pretend feasting was going on! I think these kiddos are ready for the real thing!

I pray you all have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Turkey Tail! Turkey Tail! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

This morning, each preschooler beautifully took a turn hiding a feather under lettered turkeys while everyone else covered their eyes. Then they'd ask "Turkey Tail, turkey Tail, 1 2 3! Turkey Tail, turkey Tail, where could it be?!" The remaining friends would take turns guessing which letter Turkey the feather was under! I love seeing this collaborative learning and play!

Thank you for everyone who has contributed to the item drive for the Spokane Ronald McDonald House! We are getting closer to our goal of 12 full bins!!

Reminder, SHARE Day is Friday!


Thanksgiving - Mrs. Krantz

This morning we sang our super silly turkey song and then read a counting book about the first Thanksgiving.  The Pilgrims and Wampanoag had quite a feast together!  

In our worship time, we sang about always giving thanks to God for everything. We thought about the many things we can be thankful for.

Centers time included woodworking with Papa Ken, Journaling with Mr. Joe, lots of tower building, stamping with corn cobs and creating yarn dolls!

SHARE Day is Thursday (tomorrow) and Friday!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

There is NOTHING our God Cannot Do - Mrs. Krantz

Our worship time today focused on the story of Abraham and Sarah hearing from three visitors that they would have a baby boy a year later.  Sarah laughed because she was too old to have a baby.  But... God is mightier than the ages and there is nothing He cannot do!  Sarah had a baby boy and his name was Isaac.  I am always encouraged when I am reminded that there is NOTHING our amazing God cannot do.

We also enjoyed having Mr. Levi with us for science today.  He shared color diffusion with us and we did some color diffusion with natural dyes during centers time.  We listened to books together, used our favorite white board for drawing and writing, matched feathers on turkeys with numbers, and folded paper fans, a new favorite of these kiddos.

Our Ronald McDonald Drive is underway and as a preschool, we have filled up 5 totes with items to share!  We are hoping to fill up 12, so we are well on our way.  We are collecting through Friday!





Colorful Preschool Day! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

We were delighted with all the colorful fun that was had at preschool today! Mr. Levi showed us what water diffusion was using rainbow candies! The preschoolers observed that the candy turned white once all the color was diffused into the water AND some even had a little "S" floating in the water!

During centers, Papa Ken helped us dye fabric in some colorful cranberry, spinach and beet juice! The end results were vibrant and beautiful!

Our Ronald McDonald Drive is off to a great start! Today, we filled up 3 totes with almost 50 items!! So much kindness and compassion is being shown as these totes fill up with such generous giving!

SHARE Day is Thursday!




Monday, November 14, 2016

Water Diffusing Colors! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

Mr. Levi used skittles to show the preschoolers how water diffusion works! Ask your preschooler what happened to the skittle in the water!

During centers, some white fabric was being colored using natural dyes diffused from fruits and vegetables. See if your preschooler remembers which fruit and veggies were diffused to make our own dye! They all turned out so beautiful!

In worship we learned that God kept his promise to Abraham that he would have a baby! Ask your preschooler what age Abraham was when God made this promise!

Don't forget our Ronald McDonald House Drive!! We're collecting items all week!!!




Such Generosity! - Mrs. Krantz

We are thankful that Mr. Levi is so generous with his time!  He came in and shared some diffusion science with us this morning.  Ask your preschooler what he put in the water and what happened!

We experienced more generosity of time with Papa Phil and Papa Ken sharing their time as they helped the preschooler use natural dye, diffused from fruits and veggies, to dye fabric. These types of fun projects are successful with extra help!

We also are experiencing generosity as our Ronald McDonald House drive has begun.  Our class collected 40 items today!   We filled up one bin full of toys and started a bin with hats.mittens and another with kitchen items.  We have 24 totes that we were able to purchase for the ROnald McDonald House thanks to a Thrivent Action Grant.  I would love to see at least 12 of those totes filled up with items for the house!  Get your family and neighbors involved!  Let's share the spirit of generosity and giving!





Friday, November 11, 2016

Coming Up in Mrs. O'Loughlin's Class

This is the week!!!!  Our charitable drive for the Spokane Ronald McDonald House begins!!!  Just like the compassion and kindness has been overflowing in our room, we want to overflow the bins with items the Ronald McDonald House needs!  In doing so, we will be sharing even more compassion and kindness with others!! 

ITEMS NEEDED
·        Kitchen Utensils
·        Coffee (decaf and regular)
·        Microwave Macaroni and Cheese
·        Coffee Creamer
·        Baby Dolls
·        Girl Toys for all ages
·        Boards Games
·        Card Games
·        Legos
·        Boy Toy for all ages
·        Hats
·        Mittens
·        Gas Cards
·        Grocery Store Gift Cards

Mr. Levi will be here on Monday and Tuesday for some science!  We will be doing a water diffusion experiment using colorful candy!  The preschoolers will learn that the pilgrims used the same method to dye their fabric to make clothes!  We'll of course have some hands on experience with this and get the opportunity to dye some fabric with the natural dye we diffuse!

In worship we will hear about another wonderful promise from God!  Abraham, although over 100 years old, is to going to have a baby!  We know that God keeps his promises and we can trust His word!

SHARE Day is Thursday and Friday!  I can’t wait to see the special items from home these preschoolers are thankful for!

Reminder there is no preschool the week of November 21st!  I pray you all have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

-Mrs. O’Loughlin
Mark Your Calendars
11/14- 11/18: Charitable Drive for the Ronald McDonald House
11/14, 11/15: Science with Mr. Levi
11/17, 11/18: SHARE Day, Art
11/21-11/25: No Preschool—Thanksgiving Break

Coming Up in Mrs. Krantz's Class

This week we have the opportunity to put our generous thoughts into action as we hold our charitable drive for the Spokane Ronald McDonald House!  We will be collecting the following items...

ITEMS NEEDED
·        Kitchen Utensils
·        Coffee (decaf and regular)
·        Microwave Macaroni and Cheese
·        Coffee Creamer
·        Baby Dolls
·        Girl Toys for all ages
·        Boards Games
·        Card Games
·        Legos
·        Boy Toy for all ages
·        Hats
·        Mittens
·        Gas Cards
·        Grocery Store Gift Cards

As these items show up in our collection totes, we will be counting them, sorting them, graphing them and talking about how these items help children and families who need our help.  Please feel free to ask your family, neighbors and friends to contribute to this effort!

This week we will have science with Mr. Levi.  We will move some of our fun scientific learning into our centers time by dying fabric with natural dyes from fruits and vegetables.  SHARE Day is Thursday and Friday as well.  Of course we will be talking about Thanksgiving and reading some fabulous books about the subject.  Listen for our turkey song!

In worship we will hear how God answered his promise to Abraham by giving him his son Isaac.  We will focus in on trusting God.  God will do what He says He will do!

Preschool will be closed November 21-25 for Thanksgiving Break.  When preschool is back in session, we will be diving into Advent and Christmas... one of my favorite times of the year!

Blessing on your week!
Becky

UPCOMING EVENTS
11/14-18 Charitable Drive for the Ronald McDonald House
11/14 Science
11/15 Science
11/17 SHARE Day
11/18 SHARE Day
11/21-11/25 No Preschool - Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Generously Saying Thank You - Mrs. Krantz

Sometimes when we are grumpy or feeling sad, saying thank you or finding something to be thankful about can help us change how we feel.  Today we practiced finding things to be thankful for and saying thank you for small things.  Today, I am so very thankful for your children!  Teaching these kiddos is something I am very thankful for.

Our thankful turkeys are on the bulletin board as you come up the stairs.  Watch for fall tree artwork to show up on the artwork bulletin board on the landing.  Our forest of Giving Trees is at the top of the stairs and is full of ideas about generosity.

Just a reminder that there is no preschool on Friday in honor of Veteran's Day.


How Do You Know There Is 10? - Mrs. O'Loughlin

We count every day in preschool!

This morning, there were 10 leaves. The question: how do you know there's 10? The preschoolers thought for a little bit then came up with the answer, because we can count! We practiced one to one correspondence using leaves! Some would be taken away and some added. Each time we counted, the number we stopped on was the amount!

To get in even more practice, we went on a leaf hunt for 10 leaves!! You have to be a bit more choosy when there's a limit. Each preschooler walked around, counting leaves one by one as they put them in their bag. Some preschoolers found a teacher and counted with them!


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Obstacles Course - Mrs. Krantz

This beautiful fall day beckoned our class to spend extra time outside this morning.  I'm so glad we did!  The preschoolers decided to build an obstacle course together!  This included obstacles to jump over or go around, a balance beam, areas to run, and things to jump off of.  They did a pretty amazing job designing and implementing the course.  Then, they spent a long time running the course!  Be ready for tired kiddos today!


Preschoolers say "Thanks!" - Mrs. O'Loughlin

We were so inspired by our book Bear Says Thanks, the preschoolers took every opportunity to say "thanks!" during our morning!

"Thanks" to Veterans by making beautiful star cards! "Thanks" to Miss Joyce for helping with our turkey writings. "Thanks" to Papa Ken for coming in and making wooden nickels with us. "Thanks" for saying kind words about our fine motor turkey creations. "Thanks" to Mrs. Knight for reading thanksgiving books! "Thanks" to friends for sharing toys. "Thanks" to Mrs. O'Loughlin for opening snack packages. "Thanks" to God for such a beautiful day to play outside in the leaves!

I hope these many "Thanks" are being said at home as well!



Monday, November 7, 2016

What was Forgotten? - Mrs. Krantz

 This morning we read "The Giving Tree" and thought a lot about the little boy in the story.  There were some things that he forgot to do.  He forgot to say please and thank you.  He forgot to show kindness and gratitude by spending time with the giving tree.  We thought about times is is important to say thank you.

In worship Mrs. Krantz let Mrs. Barrington pick first from the turkeys to play with.  One turkey made noise, and one use to make noise but was broken.  Mrs. Barrington chose the turkey that wasn't broken.  It reminded us of the story of Abraham and Lot.  They needed to choose different land to settle in and Abrahama let Lot choose first.  

In our centers time, we spent a lot of time making thank you cards and pictures for our Veterans.  We can't wait to give them to those who have served our country!  We also were busy building some amazing towers!


Grateful Turkeys - Mrs. O'Loughlin

What a fun day! After reading Bear Says Thanks, we came up with all the different things we are thankful for! Jesus, friends, toys, and candy are just a few that made the list! We talked about how we show our gratitude by saying "thanks!" just like Bear!

During centers, preschoolers had the chance to say thanks to Veterans by making a card. Many of them chose to do this and show their gratitude toward the men and women who serve our country! Papa Phil, who is a veteran, came in to help these little turkeys make some turkeys! They turned out so cute and are hanging in the hallway! Before Papa Phil left, we all said "Thanks!" to him for being a Veteran.

In worship Mrs. O'Loughlin and Mrs. Knight tried to sit in the same chair! There wasn't enough room for both of them! Good thing our preschoolers are so kind and problem solvers! Get another chair! Over there! Of course! Just like Abraham gave up fields for Lot's animals, Mrs. Knight gave up the chair for Mrs. O'Loughlin. She was showing kindness!

Ask your preschooler about the mushrooms! We did some scientific observations outside with some fungi discovered in the back hill!


Saturday, November 5, 2016

Coming Up in Mrs. O'Loughlin's Class: November 7-11

“Be kind and compassionate to everyone.” Ephesians 4:32… If you have not already noticed, take a look at our kindness wreath!  Each time Miss Stahlecker and I see a preschool displaying kindness and compassion, a ribbon is added.  We already have so many colorful ribbons filling it up!  And I know it’s going to become fuller as the month goes on.

Along with compassion and kindness, another robust word will be added to your preschooler’s vocabulary this week…gratitude!  With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, we will be talking about all the things God blesses us with! 

Using a silly turkey and a few cornucopias we'll be practicing number recognition and one to one correspondence.  We'll also be doing some creative writing based off our book Turkey Trouble!  So much fun Thanksgiving themed learning!

Our charitable drive for the Ronald McDonald House in Spokane begins next week!  If you would like a bin to have at your place of work, please let me know and I’ll get you one! Just like the compassion fills up our classroom we want to fill up bins with items the Ronald McDonald House needs! 

ITEMS NEEDED
·        Kitchen Utensils
·        Coffee (decaf and regular)
·        Microwave Macaroni and Cheese
·        Coffee Creamer
·        Baby Dolls
·        Girl Toys for all ages
·        Boards Games
·        Card Games
·        Legos
·        Boy Toy for all ages
·        Hats
·        Mittens
·        Gas Cards
·        Grocery Store Gift Cards

We will not be having preschool on Friday is observance of Veteran’s Day.  This week, the preschoolers will be showing kindness and gratitude to Veteran’s in our community by creating some patriotic cards to be given out at Concordia Lutheran’s Veteran’s Day lunch.
Have a wonderful weekend!  And blessings on the coming week!

-Mrs. O’Loughlin

Mark Your Calendars
11/11: No preschool—Veteran’s Day
11/14- 11/18: Charitable Drive for the Ronald McDonald House
11/14, 11/15: Science with Mr. Levi
11/17, 11/18: SHARE Day
11/21-11/25: No Preschool—Thanksgiving Break

Coming Up In Mrs. Krantz's Class: November 7-11

This week we will be working with the book "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein.  This book can bring up many different emotions and responses.  We will be looking at the tree, how the tree was selfless and giving.  We will also be looking at the boy and what the preschoolers think about his actions or lack of action.  Our hallways tree will turn into our very own giving tree.  We will be adding ideas we come up with for being generous and giving.  Mrs. Barrington and I will be adding times we see this in the preschool through the actions of the kiddos.

This week we will be working a names and other writing.  Do not worry if your preschooler is not writing letters or writing their name legibly.  Our focus is strengthening those fine motor muscles do writing is easy!  Those preschoolers who have those strong muscles, we will be giving them more to write and more challenge as they continue on their handwriting development.

Friday we will not have preschool in honor of Veteran's Day.  Throughout the week we will have a card making station to create thank you cards for our Veterans.  If you have Veterans in your fmaily and would like cards to give to them, please send me and email or text and we will save cards for you to distribute.  The remaining cards will be given to the Veterans of our congregation.

The week of November 14-18 we will be holding our charitable drive for the Spokane Ronald McDonald House.  There will be tubs in each classroom to collect items needed. If you would like to take a tub and collect items at your place of employment, please let me know ASAP!   Here is a list of things to be collecting. 

ITEMS NEEDED
·        Kitchen Utensils
·        Coffee (decaf and regular)
·        Microwave Macaroni and Cheese
·        Coffee Creamer
·        Baby Dolls
·        Girl Toys for all ages
·        Boards Games
·        Card Games
·        Legos
·        Boy Toy for all ages
·        Hats
·        Mittens
·        Gas Cards
·        Grocery Store Gift Cards

In worship this week we will be focusing in on kindness as we look at the story of Abraham and Lot.  Abraham let Lot choose which land to settle in first and God promised to take care of Abraham!

Have a great weekend!

UPCOMING EVENTS
MRS. KRANTZ'S CLASS
11/11 No Preschool - Veteran's Day
11/14-18 Charitable Drive for the Ronald McDonald House
11/14 Science
11/15 Science
11/17 SHARE Day
11/18 SHARE Day
11/21-11/25 No Preschool - Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Generosity - Mrs. Krantz

Generosity was the word of the day today!  We talked about what generosity was and different ways we could be generous.  We can be generous in kindness, in helping, with smiles and with hugs.  All month we will be working with this word, and with the word thankful.  I hope you each got a thank you at the end of the preschool day.  We will be working hard to be generous with our thank yous to the the special people in our lives!

We made a great poster with our hands, speaking of how our hands can be kind and so obey the Lord!  We also made beautiful fall decorations with leaves.


  

Showing Compassion! - Mrs. O'Loughlin

What do we do we someone is hurt, sick or sad? The preschoolers went around the circle and gave some great answers! When we looked at our list Mrs. O'Loughlin summed it all up using one big word: Compassion! Ask your preschooler how they show compassion to a friend who is hurt, sick or sad!

The classroom was full of doctors today! Each patient was very well cared for as the medical experts showed compassion to the sick and hurt.

This group is full of excellent listeners! Just like Abraham obeyed God, we had to listen to the leader and do as they said. There was a lot of packing up our suitcase and walking a long way (just like Abraham!)

On Friday, our special visitor, Physical Therapist Sean will be here! Have your preschooler choose a "patient" to bring along on Friday!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

More Nocturnal Fun - Mrs. Krantz

Today we had some fun with glo stick science.  We had glo sticks all glowing at the same brightness.  We discussed what would happen to the glo sticks when one was put in ice water, one was put in room temperature water, and one was put in very hot water.  We tested our predictions and found out some exciting stuff.  Ask your preschooler about it!








Nighttime Creatures at Preschool - Mrs. O'Loughlin

We had such a fun morning!! Flashlights and glow sticks helped light our path as we played and learned in the dark! The light table was the brightest spot in the classroom and these cute preschoolers had to squint as they built with colorful tiles. I heard some fantastic descriptive words as little fingers played with slime! Shadow puppets and the lava lamp rounded out our nocturnal day!

On Thursday, Nurse Tawny will be visiting our classroom! Have your preschooler bring in a doll or stuffed animal to act as a patient as we discuss what it means to show care and compassion to others!